Rochford Winery , Coldstream, Victoria, Australia.
Cold Chisel are a legendary band down here. Massive catalogue. Hard rockin, singalong anthems, radio friendly – they are the band that should have had massive global success but left it too late or lacked the stamina – whatever, it didn’t happen. Jimmy Barnes solo , an inferior version, has had some success They have reformed a few times for, no doubt, highly lucrative tours and this time they were playing wineries. Sign of the times I guess as, back in the day, their vodka fuelled performances would have been better located in a distillery.
But I had never seen them in all my gig-going days. So it being summer down here, an outdoor gig seemed a good idea. Started to get a bit anxious with all the bushfires and their first gig at another winery in central Victoria was cancelled due to smoke. Our gig was second and Mrs Wells and I had secured gen admission tickets via an insurance company we used. Parking close to the gig, express lane to the bar all going well. Until we sat down. I kid you not, the moment of arse touching » Continue Reading.
Incredibly awful down here. Ordinarily fire season just starting but we have fires in ordinarily wet rainforests, millions of hectares of land – farming and national parks. People dead towns gone and the long term impact on our native flora and fauna makes me shudder when I think about it. Melbourne is shrouded in smoke and Canberra has had the worst air on the globe recently. I am currently in South Gippsland which adjoins East Gippsland but given the size of Oz it is a fair way away. To any Afterworders in the line of fire may you and your loved ones be safe.
ABC news 24 has pretty much constant coverage for those interested.
Us southern hemispherians open the batting.
I got the vinly version of Dylan’s latetst bootleg series issue Travelin Thru.
When not tweeting Mojo aka Johnny Concheroo does long form pieces (remember them) on his blog.
No practical way for me to do this on the QT so might as well lay it out.
On Facebook, in relation to another matter Pencil referred to his TV being out of action and how he was hoping to flog a painting to get a new one.
I’ve bought a Squeezer, others on the blog have too, so presumably a lot of people have his account but it would be better if one of the people who see him on occasion were to be the co-ordination point.
Who would be that person ?
I seem to be making a habit of getting myself into some serious and strange health shit. Readers might recall that around this time last year some dog saliva got into some broken skin resulting into rotting flesh, running up the nerves of my arm. My hand was saved after 43 lots of slicing bits off me. When I look at it , I can hardly see the scars. Maybe just hard to discern on my weathered Aussie skin.
Fast forward to ths year and people kept asking me about an enlarged tear duct, or partof it – the little pea like bit next to your nose. Contrary to common expectstions tears don’t form their -they drain there. Anyhoo, a blocked tear duct was diagnosed but 2 bouts of surgery didn’t fix it and biopsy identified wart like pre cancerous stuff, now here is the tricky bit , inside the tear duct. Off to see a top dog Professor /surgeon and he says this is rare, very rare only encountered a couple of similar thingsin 30 years. Due to the risk of regrowth he recommends whipping the whole fucker out. So a week ago I go in for 3 hours » Continue Reading.
I have been following this shambles both on the blog and in the medis but I came to a realisation that I have some fundamental gaps in my understanding.
The election was called by BJ because of an impasse over Brexit correct? If BJ is elected with a majority will that resolve the impasse? What form of Brexit would transpire. Does each party have a clear position on Brexit so people know what they will get ? Indeed are the members of each party all committed to a particular position or are they split within their parties? If that is the case then won’t you end up with a riven parliament again? I don’t actually know what Corbyn’s position is on Brexit. Corbyn has been talking about NHS and broadbnd so presumably the election is not just about Brexit. If not how can any party claim a mandate to do anything?
No doubt Afterworders around the world aew standing as one to applaud David Warner’s Test 300 at Adelaide against Pakistan.
When was the last you got or gave a box of hankies?
Practical and inexpensive. If lucky even a set with one of your initials. I still use them and am occasonally mocked in the household for being so old fashioned. But having had eye surgery lately i can tell you they are the bomb. Not harsh on the skin, robust so can be pulled out of your pocket. Can withstand my nose blowing or sneezing and don’t explode and cause mayhem in the washing machine. And Afterworders, they are reusable. Tissues schmissues.
Rolling Stone review here.
Love his sound.
I’m crap at Excel.However, I am trying to analyse our expenses. The adviser uses a platform with everything listed and you can upload it into an excel spread sheets.
I am using office for mac and am on mojave.
I’ve saved it to xlsx.
Back in the day I used to be able to just highlight rows , click on autosum and hey presto.!Now it gives me an are you trying to create a formula? pop up box.So I thought maybe it is the dollar signs so I went to numbers and nominated general which was supposed to do the trick. Nope. A mate suggested thecomma button below it. Nada.
Author:Martin Buzacott and Andrew Ford
I’ve read a couple of books on a favourite artist where I have baulked on writing a review for the blog. Not because they are unworthy but because there is so much to say. Banning Eyre’s book on Thomas Mapfumo is one and the other more recent purchase was a book on George Ivan Morrison. Van the man, the source of great gushing and mockery on the blog.
The recent postings by an Astral Weeks neophyte and a review of Van’s latest have generated a lot of interest so it looks like we have got ourselves a Vanfest.
This book came out in 2008 and I was surprised to be unaware of it being a Van fan. I looked the book up to purchase and it was carrying a hefty price tag online, so I contacted one of the authors direct. Did he by chance have a box of said book cluttering his study and did he want to sell me one? Two days later a pristine copy arrived.
So, first -the authors. These blokes know their chops, but I was surprised that they wrote a book on Van given their pedigrees in the » Continue Reading.
Have I missed a discussion about this?
Haven’t bought it as I was a bit Elbowed out so only heard it on Spotify. Thought the opener was a bit underwhelming but, overall, it is growing on me.
The methodology prescribed by @Tiggerlion requires 6 close listens before forming a view. Here’s the inverse. 2 casual unfocussed listens doing other stuff, walking in and out etc.
I’m wary as I made a wrong call on Skeleton Tree, bagging it initially, but this sounds like Skeleton Tree lite. I can even hear some of those exact sounds from that album.
Impression? Unlike the fawning Guardian review linked to here, I found it boring, this whole soundtrack side career has really taken over. It’s the Cave Ellis show and the Bad Seeds must have been bored senseless.
DFB wrote on the release of Skeleton Tree, the guitar-based Seeds are gone forever. Perhaps so, but this layered ambient stuff is heading towards bland. Yes there are some good lyrics but when I walk into the room and here Nick’s sonorous, bordering on mannered voice singing about the three bears “Mama bear holds the remote, papa bear he just floats / And baby bear, he has gone to the moon in a boat, on a boat.” Well, I just cringed a little.
Doing a review of a Flaming Lips concert I looked for some YouTube of them covering this song.
I was surprised just how many versions there are of this song. The melody is so beautiful and it is such a hopeful song, it is hard to get sick of it. I always get preoccupied with the line “Don’t give up until” which is just left hanging to be followed by True Love….
Not sure I like the strings heavy big production versions. Surely the melody is sweet enough already.
Hamer Hall, Melbourne
I first saw The Lips in Sydney 15 years ago at a stand-up gig in a smallish theatre. They showcased Yoshimi and the Pink Robots. Lots of colour, beach balls, streamers and band members in animal suits. It was a lot of fun.
Fast forward they are doing one of those anniversary tours. Soft Bulletin is being showcased. This time I am in Melbourne and it is at a plush concert hall. But the show is pretty similar only more so. Masses of streamers and beach balls hersald Race For The Prize and a massive rig of thin lighting strips provide an endless array of colour effects. Grateful Dead eat your heart out. Wayne Coyne has a frail “half voice”. He sings entirely falsetto though I’ve heard some of their earlier proto punk stuff and his voice is lower on those. It must be hard work. His voice is undermixed. This is surprising given it is night 2 in thois concert hall. Perhaps it is deliberate. 3 guitars with 2 also playing keys/synths, bass and 2 drummer plus Coyne. They do well at reproducing the multi layered studio album Soft Bulletin.
Whatever else we can all agree, he was a great , great drummer.
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, Victoria,Australia
I may have written about Derek Gripper previously. A white South African highly accomplished classical guitarist who came across a recording of Toumani Diabate’s Kaira and , without having held a kora let alone seen it in performance, sought to imitate the sound on classical guitar. Toumani Diabate was staggered when he eventually heard his work and, upon hearing it, classical guitarist John Williams put him on a bill at The Globe in London. The rest, as they say, is history. He now travels the globe performing at festivals and collaborating with various musicians. He was played and stayed with Toumani Diabate in Mali and played before the nation’s griots in Bamako.
The album that broke it for him was “a night on earth with Derek Gripper” hence my headline. That album was put out by friends of mine on the wonderful Matsuli label, so when he was to appear at a guitar festival in Melbourne, contact was made. He had a grab bag of gigs at the festival some country theatres and home performances. I offered to drive him to Castlemaine – the grand old gold rush town in Central » Continue Reading.
Sungura music is a sweet hybrid of Zimbabwean chimurenga music and Congolese soukous. This video fascinated me for a few reasons.
This Norwegian guy has become a devotee of the style, has his own band in Norway playing sungura and is respected in Zim too. It was fascinating to watch each of the components of the music being built up. And finally, it is a great example of the options pro logic affords those who can use it.
I wonder what local musicians actually do to get there sound.
I did laugh- a massive gaping hole and he starts with a cotton bud to remove dirt along the pickup.
Guess this was done for the box set of the 66 shows.
Jacques wouldn’t be the first guy in the Dylan to not get full attribution.
Well the few seconds in the clip sounded ok.
14 originals apparently.